Bored buying the women in your life perfume or bath salts every Christmas? Well you’re probably not as fed-up as they are at receiving the same old gifts from Santa.
So here are 10 gizmos and appliances to really make your wife or girlfriend’s Yuletide – and they work equally well for mums and daughters too. Who said that girls don’t love gadgets?
Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Motion Plus
There was a time when buying your wife a games console would be the fast track to divorce, then the Wii came along. A recent survey showed 80 per cent of women would pick the Nintendo machine over its rivals, thanks to games such as Wii Fit and Rock Band. Plus there’s the added bonus that you can play on it once she’s gone to bed or gone out with her mates.
Canon IXUS 105 package
It’s a simple idea, but taking a good quality digital camera and turning it pink has provided a gift that’s both funky and practical. This bundle also contains two memory cards and a carry bag to give her the full photography package – so you’ll have bonus presents to wrap up. Just make sure she likes pink first!
Sony DPFE72NB.CEK 7″ Digital Photo Frame
There’s no easier, or more stylish, way for your loved one to display her photos than this frame from Sony – which even comes with an interchangeable black, brown and red border to match the room décor and her mood. There’s no need to own a computer either, just stick a memory card in the back and a slideshow of snaps will start instantly.
Pure One Classic DAB Radio
This portable but powerful radio from Pure is a gift I keep coming back to. Whether it’s for mum, wife or daughter – you can’t go wrong with crystal clear DAB and FM stations that can be carried into any room in the house. Depending on who you’re buying for, there are also three colours to pick from – this white model, black and, naturally, pink.
Remington S7902 Wet 2 Straight Hair Straightener
Ask 10 women what they want for Christmas and at least seven will say some new hair straighteners – my wife certainly did. Wrapping up this next generation pair from Remington will show you know your stuff, even if the ‘fizz free styling’ promised means nothing to you.
Beauty Works Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion
The other three women in that survey will probably ask for this – the very latest in anti-ageing treatment and one that is finding popularity in celebrity circles. Promising to show results from the very first use, the Diamond Peel can be used to rejuvenate skin on the face, body, hands and feet. It will save a fortune on beauty salon fees to boot.
Homedics CHBB-3-3GB Foot Spa
It’s relaxing just writing about this jet action foot spa with infrared heat and a “double the bubbles” massage – so imagine how soothing it is to use. A perfect present to help unwind over what can be a stressful festive period.
TomTom Start 2 Europe 3.5″ Sat Nav
Please don’t think I’m saying that women have a bad sense of direction, but if your partner prefers practical gifts to flowers and chocolates – then they don’t come much more useful than a satellite navigation system from market leaders TomTom. Then you can ask her to drive to the relatives.
Apple iPad Wi-Fi 16GB
The ultimate Christmas present – the iPad is the one that does everything. It’s an e-Reader, internet browser, gaming machine, word processor, diary, currency converter, newspaper, torch – well you name it and there’s probably an app for it. It’s not cheap, but she will love you forever if she wakes up to this under the tree.
Hoover TS2361 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
While this is undoubtedly a great piece of kit, the only people who should purchase it as a Christmas present for a partner are those who either live in 1970s or enjoy sleeping on the couch. Unless of course you wrap it up, say the home needed it, and then offer a bonus present of doing the cleaning with it. That small touching promise could be all she’s wanted all year.